Gobblers Knob

Salt Lake City, Utah 84118

Gobblers Knob

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"Funny name, big mountain. Gobblers Knob supposedly earned its moniker during the Wasatch’s mining heyday, when miners raised turkeys on the mountain’s slopes. Today, those slopes are the playground of backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Gobblers is the highest mountain on the Big Cottonwood–Mill Creek Canyon Divide, where long, wide runs spill from every aspect. While skinning access is done from both sides, the shortest and most straightforward route is from Butler Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Conversely, the best skiing and snow quality (such as the infamous Alexander Basin) is on the Mill Creek side, so many touring parties use shuttle
vehicles for a Gobblers Knob traverse tour. Avalanches are very common in this area,
so be mindful of the snowpack before heading out."

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100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Julie K. Trevelyan
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"You can access Gobblers Knob in a few different ways (see Hike 19 for an alternate route), but this is the most direct—and steepest—route to the popular peak. A sharp scramble up and long-ranging views make this otherwise relatively simple hike one to check off the list. For a real treat, do this hike in the summer, when wildflowers are blooming in astonishing numbers in the Alexander Basin."
"This is some of the premier advanced ski terrain between Big Cottonwood and Mill Creek Canyons. Characterized by long drops and protected powder, Salt Lake City’s “backyard” is a popular area despite longer approaches than tours starting farther up BCC. Butler Fork also has lower shots for partial-day tours."
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"The relative ease with which Gobblers Knob can be climbed makes it one of the most popular summit destinations in the Wasatch Mountains. It is the highest point on the ridge separating Mill Creek Canyon from Big Cottonwood Canyon, and the view from the top is exceptional. It lies on the boundary of the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area just above the north-facing bowl of picturesque Alexander Basin. Not only is the basin still used by helicopter skiers, but, even worse, it could easily become part of a future ski resort in upper Mill Creek Canyon. Proposals for such a resort have already been submitted to the Forest Service."
Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert
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"A day hike or overnighter of intermediate difficulty, located just southeast of Salt Lake City in Mill Creek Canyon. The hike is point to point, so a car or bicycle shuttle is required unless you don’t mind the 3.5-mile walk down Mill Creek Canyon Road at the end of your trek. Along the way you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery, diverse vegetation, and abundant wildflowers in season."

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This is a pleasant walk up to the Wasatch Crest Trail that runs north and south for several miles above the Canyons Resort and Park City. The views are spectacular from this ridge. There are several summits along this ridge that can be reached easily from the trail and look-outs from the trail that afford views both east all the way to the Uinta area as well as to the west down both Mill Creek and Big Cottonwood and the dividing ridges. This is a great place to see the “lay of the land”. This route is the easiest way to reach this ridge-line. It travels through varied scenery and grade is easy to moderate. The colors were spectacular on our Oct 1 trip.
The distance in the guide appears to be understated. My GPS read just under 3 miles to the crest. Also, there several meadows along this route while the guide seems to highlight one as a benchmark. If you are looking for “a meadow”, you’ll find many.
We did not go up to Murdock Peak but went right (south) at the junction and walked along the crest. There is a lot to see this way.
Many of the available maps are confusing and place/trail names have changed several times over the years. Some of the trails have been re-rerouted or closed, but the main trail known by various names pretty easy to follow. It’s an old road that at one time went over the crest down into Summit County. In places it’s hard to imagine any vehicle ever getting up this route.
The trail past the bridge is not in very good condition. There are many cut-off and informal diversions that appear to have been made by numerous hikers trying to avoid difficult steam crossings and overflows, or for fishermen to reach the stream. I recommend staying to the left of the creek.
There is a new trail being completed that branches to the left of the “Road”. It was still “closed” when we went up but other hikers took this route and told us it actually finished.

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Trail Information

Salt Lake City
Nearby City
3,106 feet
Elevation Gain
Skill Level
6 hours
7,140 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,246 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Mount Aire; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
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